Mother Alison, older brother Blake and father Nick Willoughby welcome their newest family member Samwell
Mother Alison, older brother Blake and father Nick Willoughby welcome their newest family member Samwell Liana Walker

Stanthorpe welcomes newest member

BABY Samwell Willoughby is Stanthorpe's first baby of the year, born at 2:40pm on Tuesdayat Stanthorpe hospital. Samwell weighed a healthy 7 pounds and 12 ounces, only half a pound heavier than older brother Blake Willoughby.

Born only a day early after going into an induced birth, mother Alison Willoughby was surprised Samwell was Stanthorpe's first baby of the year.

"I'm shocked that we're nine days into the year and nobody else has had a baby yet,” Mrs Willoughby said.

Three-year-old Blake Willoughby is excited for a younger brother, however less enthusiastic about learning to share.

"He's in for a bit of a shock,” Mrs Willoughby said.

The whole family is looking forward to being able to head home for some sleep, especially Alison who was visibly exhausted.

"Hoping if not today tomorrow,” she said.

"I'm very tired but very happy.”

Mother Alison with new baby Samwell
Mother Alison with new baby Samwell Liana Walker

Last year 104 babies were born into Stanthorpe hospital, that's approximately one baby every 3 days. Baby boys outnumbered the girls for 2017, with 54 boys born compared to the 50 baby girls.

Birth numbers have gone down since 2016 when 109 babies were born, with girls taking the lead at 58 births compared to 51 boys.

Stanthorpe's births only contribute to around one third of the Darling Downs birth totals, with 2,937 births in 2017, down from the 3,017 births in 2016.

Despite her exhaustion from giving birth, second time mother Alison, is extremely grateful for all of the hard work of Stanthorpe hospital staff.

"I just want to say thank you to the midwives and the doctors for helping bring Sam safely into the world.”

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